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Poor farmers need sustainable agriculture that relies on renewable local resources, such as conservation tillage and compost. This study looked at factors influencing decisions to adopt these two practices, using multinomial logit analysis of plot and household characteristics.
We found that poverty and access to information affected choice of farming practices. The impact of gender on technology adoption was technology specific, and plot characteristics showed that adopting particular technologies was location specific. Our stochastic dominance analysis indicated that sustainable farming practices enhance productivity, even more than chemical fertilizers.